Such was the magnitude of the Telugu film that it was able to not just compete, but mark a significant dent in the collections of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel’s legacy franchise, when it released in theatres on 17 December 2021. And that success percolated into OTT when the film’s Hindi version was released on Amazon Prime Video on 14 January 2022.
The film chronicles the rise of its hero — Allu Arjun’s titular character, as he goes on to become the head of a smuggling syndicate of red sanders from a coolie. Red sandalwood is found exclusively in the forests of the Seshachalam Hills of the Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh.
A police officer asks Pushpa Raj who he is, to which he responds, “Pushpa, naam yad mat rakhna (Pushpa, don’t remember my name)”. This is diametrically opposite to what Pushpa said in Telugu! In the original version, the cop asks him his name and enquires if he is Tamilian, to which the character introduces himself as a ‘hardcore Telugu’.